Fire Safety & Air Duct Cleaning: A Guide

Keeping your home free from dirt, dust, allergens, and other contaminants is not only good for you health, but it can also help keep your home safer. When your air circulation system is full of dirt and other substances, it could pose a fire risk in some circumstances. Professional duct cleaning in Vancouver WA will ensure your home is safe and comfortable.

What is Air Duct Cleaning?

Air duct cleaning is the process of removing dirt, dust, and grime from heating and cooling system components including the air ducts, registers, diffusers, heating and cooling coils, air handling unit, and other parts that come into contact with circulating air. These parts can become contaminated with allergens and other household particles, and if there is moisture present, mold can also become a problem.

Duct Cleaning and Fire Safety

Accumulated dust and debris in any area is a risk for fire and poses a danger of spreading fire to other parts of a home via the ventilation system. In most homes, a significant buildup of dust is unlikely as the simple circulation of air through the ventilation system prevents much settling. However, if your central heating and cooling system is not used frequently, or you rely on other systems such as a wood-burning stove or fireplace for heat, then settlement can occur. Pest infestation can also lead to heavy accumulations in your ducts, especially from rodents, birds, and other small animals.

When to Clean Your Ducts

If anyone in your home is experiencing upper respiratory problems from allergies or illness, regular duct cleaning is essential. If you’ve just moved into a new home, getting a thorough cleaning is also a good idea, especially if the previous owners had pets. You should also schedule duct cleaning in Vancouver, WA, in these situations:

  • Mold is Discovered. Although not a risk for fire, if mold is detected anywhere in your heating and cooling system, a full cleaning is necessary.
  • Pest Infestation. Whether the infestation is in the air system or not, a full duct cleaning should follow after eliminating the infestation. Rodents and birds can also carry debris throughout your ventilation system and these accumulations will put your home at risk for fire.
  • Major Remodeling. Demolition and construction can cause a significant decrease in indoor air quality and the continual circulation of dirt, dust, and debris can lead to accumulations in your ducts. Always schedule a duct cleaning following any major home improvement project.

Scheduling Your Duct Cleaning in Vancouver, WA

Comfort Air is your duct cleaning specialist serving the Portland and Vancouver Metro market since 1983. Unlike many of our competitors, we charge by the job rather than by the hour. That means – NO SURPRISES! To learn more about duct cleaning and fire safety or to schedule an appointment, call us today!

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Why DIY AC Repair May Not Be the Best Idea

When your air conditioner is on the fritz, you might be tempted to do some DIY AC repair. But, it’s a risky proposition if you don’t have the experience of a certified HVAC technician because there are several things you need to consider in order to stay safe and not damage your system in the process. An AC repair person goes through a training and certification process that arms them with the knowledge of how to diagnose and repair issues quickly and effectively. This includes being up to date on the latest technologies, tools, and techniques to keep HVAC systems running properly.

Tools

Many of the specialized tools that HVAC technicians use are not found in your at-home tool box. If you use the wrong tool you could end up causing damage to the unit that incurs a costly repair or even necessitates a replacement of your unit.

Expertise

The ability to correctly diagnose an AC repair issue comes with experience. From AC leaks to drainage or electrical problems, a certified technician will be able to look for clues that alert them to the specific problem–without having to take the whole unit apart. Relying on their expertise will save you time and money in the long run.

Safety Issues

Because AC units run on high wattage, tinkering with them poses the danger of electric shock. The unit’s power circuit must always be shut off before any repairs are made because the last thing you want when you’re trying to save on repair costs is to end with a hospital bill.

We are happy to answer any questions you may have about the repair process. If you need reliable and honest AC repair, give us a call and make an appointment today.

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Ready to Replace Your Air Conditioner? Let Our Comfort Specialists Help

Are you ready to replace your air conditioner? We can help! With summer is on the way you will want to be prepared with a way to cool down once those sweltering days arrive. Depending on the brand, an HVAC system will last about fifteen years but there are several other telltale signs that indicate a replacement could be needed.

Frequent Repairs

If you are needing repairs every year, then it could be a sign that your unit is breaking down due to age. While it may be tempting to just keep doing the repairs, they could add up over time making an investment in a new unit the smarter choice. Experts recommended multiplying the age of the unit by the repair cost and if that’s more than $5,000, it’s time to consider a new one.

Humidity Issues

A humid home can contribute to all sorts of physical discomfort including worsening allergies and contributing to dangerous mold growth in your home. With recent advances in A/C technology, you can ensure that an Energy Star unit will help alleviate this issue. The size of the unit in comparison to your home plays a big role in keeping humidity levels down, so that’s a key factor to consider when choosing your new air conditioner.

Noisy System

If it sounds like Frankenstein is banging around near your HVAC system, it is a sign that the system components including the compressor and fan motor could be feeling their age. Newer systems are dramatically quieter than older ones, and their higher efficiency ratings can also save you money.

Uneven Cooling and Heating

It’s no fun walking into a warm room even though the air conditioner is on full blast. A number of issues could be contributing to this issue including air leaks in your duct work, incorrect unit settings, not enough insulation in your attic and older units that don’t put out enough cool air anymore. If your system is over 10-12 years old, then it could be losing its efficiency. Try installing a new air conditioner with a zoning system so that you can be sure each room in your home will be at the temperature you set it to be.

We offer a wide variety of air conditioning units that are highly rated for their efficiency. We also offer Trane zoning systems that keep each room in your home at the temperature you want it. Get in touch with any questions you have. We are happy to help you choose the perfect HVAC system for your home.

When To Get a New Air Conditioner

Are you having trouble cooling down your home? Are your energy bills rising while you struggle with rooms that stay too hot? It may be time for a new air conditioner unit. Here are the top signs that you are ready for a replacement.

The AC Never Seems to Stop

Is your AC running – and never seems to take a break? If it feels like your air conditioner is always on, check to make sure your thermostat settings are correct. If they are, it’s time to take a harder looking at the system and see if it’s ready for a replacement. Older air conditioners have a lot of wear and tear that decreases efficiency. Eventually, they have to run for a long time to reach target temperatures, and may struggle to hold those temperatures for long periods of time. That can cost a lot of money in the summer, and despite the initial costs it’s a smart idea to consider a new AC unit that will solve the problem and lower your monthly bills.

You Recently Renovated

Did you just add new spaces to your house that need to be cooled down? Your old air conditioner probably isn’t ready for them. Air conditioners are rated not only on efficiency, but on how many cubic feet of air they can handle. Usually AC units are fitted to the house (if installed properly), but if you change how much space needs to be cooled down, the AC won’t be able to handle it well. This will loop right around to the first warning sigh, where the AC runs too long and uses up too much energy trying to cool down the house. Think about upgrading to a larger model!

There’s a Lot of Noise

Noise isn’t always a problem. Sometimes rumbling and shaking from your AC can be caused by loose screws or fan belts, which is an easy fix. But long-term, growing noise is a more serious problem that could indicate motor trouble and general age. It’s a good idea to get your AC unit inspected to see if there is any problem that needs to be addressed. This could be a warning sign that you need to replace your AC unit before major components start failing and costing you a lot of money in repairs.

The 10 Year Mark

Your air conditioner won’t automatically stop working after 10 years, but it’s common advice to take a look and think about a new model if you have had yours for around a decade. That’s because advances in AC and cooling technology are always happening, and a new model is likely to be faster and save a lot more energy than a model that’s 10 years. This is also around the time when AC units start showing their age and needing more repairs.

Have questions about your Vancouver WA air conditioning system? Contact Comfort Air and ask about an inspection! An installation contractor can help you go over pricing, estimates, and whether a new AC unit is the right solution for your home or business!

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Choosing the Right HVAC for Your New Home Build or Remodel

Several factors come into play when choosing the right HVAC system for your new home build or remodel. As every home has unique requirements depending on its size and usage, you will want to consider all the angles to make sure you are making the right choice.

Size

You will keep comfort levels high and energy costs low by installing the right size HVAC system. For example, if you install a system that is too large for your home, the unit will constantly be cycling on and off in order to adjust air quality, which would put undue strain on the system and could lead to more repairs. Our team of experts can take accurate measurements of your home and recommend the correct size to ensure maximum efficiency.

Comfort Level

If it’s important to keep your loved ones comfortable in any type of weather, then installing a system that includes cooling as well as heating functions could be your best bet. Here in the Pacific Northwest, temperatures get pretty hot in the summer months, and if you have pets or sensitive family members like children or the elderly, then having the ability to cool off the house when necessary could be a great option.

Price

The cost of installing an HVAC system depends on several things including how big your home is, whether you plan on utilizing technologies like zoning and programmable thermostats, whether you want a combination air conditioner plus furnace, and if you need ductwork replacement or installation.

Technology

Comfort Air offers Trane ComfortLink Zoning systems that allow for consistent temperature settings based on your preferences for each individual room in your home. We also offer home automation that allows you to remotely control your HVAC system while you are on the go. If you require modern convenience with reliable technology, we have you covered.

Our experts can tailor recommendations for which system would be best for your home depending on these factors. If you would like a consultation on choosing the right HVAC for your new home build or remodel, or if you have any questions on the products we offer, please get in touch. We’d love to hear from you!

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The Benefits of an HVAC Tune Up

If you’re like most people, you won’t think about HVAC maintenance until there’s a problem. But scheduling an annual HVAC tune up can save you a lot of hassle in the long run by ensuring everything is in working order now. Here are some of the big benefits of scheduling HVAC preventative maintenance.

Extend the Life of Your HVAC System

Having a HVAC certified professional inspect all of the components of your system will help ensure that no parts of your unit are enduring unnecessary strain. For example, the compressor and drainage pipes might need special attention as your system ages.

Improve System Performance

One of the best things you can do to keep your system running strong is changing the filter on a regular basis. But our experts can check for less obvious issues like high humidity levels and carbon monoxide leaks. Malfunctions due to seasonal wear and tear are less likely to occur if things are optimized ahead of time.

Increase Level of Air Quality

Your HVAC will work harder in the winter and summer months, so getting regular maintenance will ensure that the air in your home is being filtered satisfactorily. The heat exchanger and filter can get bogged down with dust and allergens that make it tough for the unit to circulate air properly. Those with seasonal allergies or asthma especially will notice the positive effects of cleaner air.

Now that warmer weather is on the way, you’ll want to make sure your unit is operating as efficiently as possible, and there’s no better way than to schedule an HVAC tune up. Give us a call to schedule your maintenance today. We are here to help you.

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Elevate Your Comfort Level with a Trane ComfortLink™ II Zoning System

Comfort Air proudly offers award-winning Trane ComfortLink™ II Zoning Systems, an innovative technology that allows you to achieve consistent temperature settings based on your specific needs and preferences for each room in your home. Before this smart technology was available, it was nearly impossible to make sure that you could maintain a comfortable environment throughout your house. Perhaps the rooms in your home that are facing the sun never get quite cool enough, or maybe the basement is always chilly. With a Trane zoning system, you can finally achieve consistent air quality throughout your home no matter what the circumstances, and this can translate to big energy savings for you.

Zoning works by directing heated or cooled air where it’s needed and less where it’s not. This is done via the use of special sensors placed throughout your home that relay temperature data to your thermostat, and adjusts it based on programmable inputs.

You might want to consider installing a zoning system if any of these situations apply to your home environment:

1. You have a large home where many rooms are not in use, or used infrequently
2. Natural comfort challenges such as multi-storied homes
3. Home offices where a lot of time during the day is spent is a specific room, or maybe a certain part of the home is used to see clients where their comfort is extremely important
4. A medical situation where one member of the household has significantly different temperature requirements than the rest of the family
5. A large master bedroom that needs to be kept cooler in order to improve sleeping

Trane zoning systems also come with remote control access that allows you to monitor and control your home’s climate remotely via a web-enabled device or smartphone. Please see our Trane ComfortLink II Zoning brochure if you would like more information, or just give us a call. We’d be happy to help.

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Air Duct Cleaning For Your Home

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Before Duct Cleaning!

Comfort Air offers air duct cleaning services for your home. If you suffer from allergies, asthma or trouble breathing no matter what the season is, it may be that you need to get your air ducts cleaned. Particles, mold and dust can accumulate in your vents over time and compromise your home’s air quality. It is recommended that you have your ducts cleaned at least every 3-5 years to ensure that you aren’t exposing your family to potentially toxic debris. It is also a good idea to have your ducts cleaned if you have had recent remodeling, or if you have just purchased a new home.

Our trained technicians have the skills and equipment necessary to make sure the job is done right. You may have heard of some companies that offer super low pricing on air duct cleaning. Unfortunately, these are all too often scammers who come in to clean with the equivalent of a shop-vac, which does nothing to effectively clean the vents, and could also potentially harm sensitive components of your HVAC system.

At Comfort Air, we use the HyperVac Technologies Revolution Hybrid Duct Vacuum, which is specifically designed for air duct cleaning and features HEPA filtration and double the suction power of most other portable duct cleaners. Our proven track record of HVAC maintenance, repair and installation ensures that our customers will receive the highest quality of service available. If you need your ducts cleaned, you can count on us to get the job done right. Call for an appointment today!

You Can’t Stop a Trane | Superior HVAC Systems

At Comfort Air, we feature Trane products because they go through rigorous testing for durability and reliability that ensures a superior quality of workmanship. Trane sets itself apart from other HVAC manufacturers because each component that makes up their products has been custom built to stand up to even the most extreme conditions.

Here are some of the primary factors that really set Trane apart.

1. At the Trane SEET testing (System Extreme Environmental Test) lab, outdoor units (heat pumps and air conditioners) are put through thousands of hours of the most strenuous testing in the industry, where conditions range from extreme hot to extreme cold temperatures. These tests are repeated by lab experts dozens of times over to ensure maximum reliability of the units.

2. Most manufacturers use a 3rd party compressor where they have no quality control. The Trane Climatuff compressor on the other hand, must pass a series of tests ranging from running continuously in a flooded state (the leading cause of product failure), to operating at double the rate of normal temperatures, to being tested at 5 times the rated current amperage to protect against electrical surges.

3. Vortica blower motors-operate with lower fan power, saving energy and reducing sound levels.

4. Trane’s exclusive Spine Fin™ coils are rated as the most efficient heat exchanger currently manufactured. They produce a higher amount of surface area, allowing it to maintain efficiency longer, and reducing energy usage by 61% over a 5 year period.

5. Trane products have been rated as America’s most trusted brand by a 9% margin over the #2 brand by Lifestory Research. 2017 is the third consecutive year that Trane has been recognized as #1!

You can see why we have faith in Trane products and offer them to our valued customers. With an outstanding reputation for reliability and value, why choose anything else? Call us today to find out how you can get these HVAC products in your home or office.

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Installing a Home Automation System

Installing a home automation system is a great way to stay in control of your home on the go, whether you are close by at work or out of the country. By utilizing apps such as Nexia Home Intelligence or Smart Trane along with your Comfort Air systems you can connect your smart devices to the systems in your home to automate tasks, become more energy efficient, and keep your home more secure all at the touch of a button. As an added convenience you can also receive maintenance alerts to let you know when it’s time to get your system serviced, making sure they stay in top shape for years to come.

 

Here are several ways a home automation system can help you stay connected:

  • Control indoor temperatures from anywhere, at any time
  • Connect you to your home security systems to see who is coming and going in your home and be alerted to intruders using motion sensor technology
  • Operate key-less entry door locks and receive text or email anytime a door is unlocked
  • Control lighting to come on or off a set times (don’t worry about leaving lights on or schedule random times so potential burglars aren’t able to case the home when you are away)
  • Remotely unlock the door to let someone into your home
  • Control small appliances remotely
  • Measure carbon monoxide levels and get text/email alert if reaches dangerous levels

 

How to get started with home automation:
Comfort Air offers several options for home automation using Nexia Home Intelligence and Smart Trane products. Our experts would be happy to recommend the right system for your home! If you would like more information about setting up a home automation system, please visit our Home Automation page or call for a consultation. We’d be happy to help guide you and answer any questions on how you can increase energy efficiency savings in your home by installing an automated system today.

Watch these informative videos to learn more about home automation and how you can incorporate this technology into your home.